Things To Do

From historical sites to shops, nature walks, and night life, Pelee Island provides visitors with a myriad of opportunities. Whether taking a bike ride, going for a swim, browsing through the local shops or indulging in the food and drink that the Island has to offer, Pelee Island can satisfy your desire for calm and quiet or for new sights and sounds. Come and experience all that the Island has to offer!

Some establishments and activities on Pelee Island are seasonal. To avoid disappointment, please contact establishments that you would like to visit before May or after October.  You may also call the Township of Pelee Municipal Office  at 519-724-2931.  It is important to us that you have a wonderful visit to Pelee Island.

VU-SHORGO

Petting Farm:

Alpacas, goat, sheep, turkey, geese, ducks, silkie and more!
For more information please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/Vu.Shorgo.

Phone: 519-990-6961

Calvary Anglican Church

Erected with stones from a local limestone quarry, this church was originally built by a Methodist congregation. Located on North Shore Road at Victoria Road, Calvary Anglican Church was dedicated in 1898.Anglican Church

St. Mary’s Church

This is the oldest church on the island, with the first baptism recorded in 1863. Today the parish is part of the Anglican church of Canada, it is located on East West Road beside the Summer Theatre and not far from Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.St. Marys Church

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Originally built for a congregation of 13 families in 1887, materials for its construction had to be transported from Windsor, Ontario. It is located on East West Road east of Stewart Road.

Weekly Mass/Communion Service: (summer months) Sundays at noon

Contact Information: Phone: (519) 733-6591 Website: www.johnanthony.dol.caOur Lady Star of the Sea Church


Anglican Chuch Services:

June-September: 1st & 3rd Sunday at St. Mary’s 10:00 a.m.

July-August: Every Sunday at St. Mary’s at 10:00 a.m.

October-May: 1st & 3rd Sunday at The Calvary Anglican Church at 10a.m

Please call (519) 724-2022 for questions.

As a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a busy world, Pelee Island provides artists of all kinds the opportunity to be inspired, stimulated, and engaged. From the breathtaking scenery to the quiet vistas,Pelee Island offers both spectacular scenery and peace of mind away from the bustle of city life.

From painters to poets, authors, wood workers, and photographers, nature and community are viewed through a multitude of lenses. Pelee Island welcomes and encourages artists of all kinds to explore the Island and bring their own interpretation of the Island to life.

To find the works of many local artists and other crafts and gifts you can visit any of the establishments listed below.


Conorlee’s Bakery, Delicatessen & Catering
5 North Shore Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2321
Website: http://rickolte.wix.com/bakery

Conorlee’s Bakery and Delicatessen is a family owned business operating on Pelee Island, located in the middle of Lake Erie.

Start your day with a cup of our delicious Pelee blend coffee and try one of our fresh baked pastries or breakfast items before you begin your day touring the Island. Come back for lunch and try one of our famous sandwiches, soups or fresh selection of unique salads. Conorlee’s has a variety of deli meats and cheeses, sunflower bread, fudge, maple syrup, pastries, savoury pastries, gluten free and vegetarian options, pizza and sooo much more. Come in and see for yourself. Your island vacation is not complete without a trip to Conorlee’s.

Hours of Operation:

Spring/Fall Bakery:

Thurs 8:30am – 3:00pm
Fri 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sat 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sun 8:30am – 3:00pm

Summer Bakery
OPEN 7 days a week!

Mon to Wed 8:30am – 4:00pm
Thurs to Sun 8:30am – 9:00pm


Comfortech Bicycle Rentals
1023 West Shore Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2828
Website: www.peleebikerentals.com
Come check out our wide assortment of sporting goods, sporting wear and Island gear!


Down the Lane Boutique
1043 West Shore Rd
Pelee Island, ON N0R 1M0

September-November: Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Daily

Phone: 519-724-1121
Email: aurellamoritz261@hotmail.com
Swimwear, cruise-wear, casual-wear and accessories, unique jewelry and one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing to keep you on top of the fashion world.


East Park Campground Store
1362 East Shore Road
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2200
The East Park Campground Store has a great variety of unique Island T-Shirts, sweatshirts and kids wear.  You can also enjoy an as assortment of snacks, drinks and ice cream!

 


Pelee Art Works
82 East West Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-9916
Website: http://www.peleeartworks.org/
Email: peleeartworks@gmail.com
Pelee Art Works is a non-profit organization that was established in 1995 to create a centre for arts and culture on Pelee Island. Housed in a historic building, this community initiative mirrors the thriving and resourceful spirit of the Island community. It features the work of many local artists, photographers, potters, weavers, woodworkers, authors, jewelers, textile artists, artisans, and more. At Pelee Art Works you can discover unique arts and crafts, gift items and Pelee souvenirs. These one-of-a-kind hand made gifts support the work of local and regional artists and artisans. During our May – October season you can sign up for a variety of adult and children’s art classes.

We welcome you to learn, discover and experience a unique part of Pelee though our local arts and crafts centre. Peruse the many and varied types of arts and crafts and take home a reminder of the peaceful beauty that is Pelee Island!


The Treasure Emporium
441 Parsons Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2273
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thetreasureemporium


The Sassy Magpie
498 Henderson Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2562
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheSassyMagpieStudioShoppe
OPEN: Thursday thru Monday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED: Tuesdays (Wednesday’s by chance or appointment)

Will open other times by appointment.  519-724-2562

Come check out our original art, sweet & sassy summer fashions, cottage & home décor and handmade Artisan jewelry featuring Pelee Island Beach Glass.
Lots of other cool stuff too!


The Anchor & Wheel Inn\The Island Restaurant
11 West Shore Road
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2195
Website: http://www.anchorwheelinn.com/


Conorlee’s Bakery, Delicatessen & Eatery and Catering
5 West Shore Road
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2321
Website: http://rickolte.wix.com/bakery/


Pelee Island Winery Pavilion
20 East West Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0
Phone: 519-724-2469
Website: http://www.peleeisland.com/


Pelee Island Coneheads
1043 West Shore Rd
Pelee Island, ON
N0R 1M0

Open September-November: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Also serving coffee and daily specials.

Pelee Island Nature Reserves: The Lighthouse Point and Fish Point Nature Reserves cover over 170 hectares of the Island and are home to some of the most provincially rare plants and animals. It is one of the few places in Ontario where the Prickly Pear Cactus will grow. If you follow the five km’s of sandy and forested walkways, you may find yourself at the most southern inhabited point in Canada or find the restored 1833 Lighthouse that was used to guide sailors through the rocky Pelee Passage. The Nature Reserves are home to many animals including the Fox Snake, Swallowtail Butterfly, Small-mouth Salamander and Blue Racer Snake. If you are lucky you can find the rare Eastern Spiny Soft-Shelled Turtle sunning itself in the marshlands. Pelee Island is an important stopover for migrating birds and butterflies which makes the Nature Reserves a perfect place for bird-watchers to find the Black Crowned Night Heron along with many other migratory birds while they are resting on Pelee Island. These are preserved areas with nearly untouched forests, please travel lightly and enjoy!

Stone Road and Brown’s Road Alvars: These alvars are very unique ecological areas that have a great deal of important plant and wildlife living amongst the natural habitat. Stone Road Alvar has almost 200 hectares of wooded and limestone plain (alvar) that is unlike anywhere else in Canada. Over 50 provincially rare plant species have been recorded at Stone Road Alvar, making it one of the most botanically significant sites in Ontario. As well as home to rare species such as the Blue Racer snake, the Tawny emperor butterfly and the Yellow-breasted Chat. Brown’s Road Alvar, owned and maintained by the Nature Conservancy of Canada is a nearly 300 hectare natural area, with a mosaic of savanna, open woodlands, meadows and thickets, this area is a perfect combination for habitats that are crucial to many species at risk. This natural area also surrounds the beautiful Noah Garno Trail from Brown’s Road to Harris Garno Road.

 

For a detailed map of the trails around the island please click on the thumbnail below:


Geocaching is a great way to get outdoors and explore all that nature has to offer on the Island.  For all those outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers & treasure hunters, this is a great way to get the family together or go on a solo tracking mission.

Below are some tips on how to geocache and where to find information on cache locations.

*Geocaching Apps are also available on Iphones and Android Phones to help you along the way!

Have fun and happy hunting!

How to Go Geocaching

You Tube

*Geocache Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YTqitVK-Ts

Tracking Caches:

http://www.ontgeocaching.com/

https://www.geocaching.com

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2E6KE_pelee-island-glacial-grooves?guid=431f7954-9a1a-452f-9c7e-bd862ce0b11f

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2E6H3_pelee-islands-stone-road-alvar?guid=d622c460-d691-4c10-994c-0e087c4e34ea

 

 

The Pelee Island Waterfront Trail is a 28km circular route, following close to the Lake Erie shoreline all around the island. The route travels quiet country roads, through small hamlets, farmland, vineyards and natural areas, and has equal sections that are paved and unpaved. The Waterfront Trail also connects to the islands’ Ecological Trail System, providing access to beaches, forests, sand dunes, marshes and alvars found nowhere else in Canada.

 

Pelee Island is located 32 kilometres south of the Ontario mainland and is part of an archipelago of islands in the western Lake Erie basin.  This location of Canada’s southernmost inhabited land area (Middle Island is the southernmost) creates an environment of unique plants and animals and is on major migratory bird and butterfly routes.

 

The Fish Point Nature Reserve and the Lighthouse Point Nature Reserve provides habitat for rare species including the Blue Racer Snake, Lake Erie Water Snake, Smallmouth Salamander and Spotted Turtle. In addition, 31 provincially rare and 19 regionally rare plant species are located in the reserves.  Another unique feature is the Stone Road Alvar, a globally significant area, where rare plant and animal life only occurs here and nowhere else in the world.  The physical presence of limestone combined with a southerly climate has created a unique Canadian Savannah environment.

 

In addition to the natural heritage features, there are significant cultural heritage features including the Pelee Island Heritage Centre, the Pelee Island Lighthouse, Pelee Island Art Works, the Pelee Island Winery and local limestone architecture.

 

The Pelee Island Waterfront Trail is open all year. The most interesting times to enjoy the trails will be during the spring and fall bird and butterfly migrations.  Visitors should be cautioned, there is an annual fall pheasant hunt on the Island occurring in part of October and November.

 

MAIN ACCESS POINTS:

 

Ferry service to Pelee Island is from Kingsville and Leamington Ontario (approximately 1 ½ hours), and from Sandusky Ohio (approximately 1 ¾ hours). For schedules contact Pelee Island Transportation Company (1-800-661-2220) or check the website at www.ontarioferries.com and click MV Jiiaman.

The 4th Annual Stone & Sky Music & Arts Series is a growing & eclectic series of concerts and other artistic events containing spoken word, live performance, & visual arts.  It takes place every weekend from July 2nd to August 21st in a disused, fossilized, limestone quarry & rehabilitated former landfill.  This gem of a venue boasts remarkable acoustics and flourishes with indigenous and endangered species of plants and animals, some of which are native only to Pelee Island in all of Canada.  Primarily promoting local professional artists, we are honoured to host composer, Paola Marquez (Colombia) for a summer long residency.  Paola’s work, inspired by our 2015 finalé performance, The Hidden Fairy (an original collaborative, improvised jazz opera), will premiere with the Deerborne Symphony.  She is pleased to teach salsa dance for our Canada Day dance party July 2nd, open to all, at no cost.  We are proud to present Windsor Classic Chorale, Majestic Brass, The Scarab Club, Manzerolle & Palazzolo, & Lés Katowich as our musical performers this year.  All artists (approximately 65) participate in week long residencies that culminate with the delivery of weekend workshops at no cost.  Our finalé performance Moonscape, will be developed with both established and emergent artists, and comprise collaborations of voice, text, music, and movement.  Doors open at 5:30, performances end in time to catch the last ferry to the mainland!

 

Scudder Marina

N 41 49.00 W 82 39.40
Monitors VHF 68
Telephone: 519-724-2377
Email: cdmalloch@hotmail.com 

Voted in the Top Ten Marinas in Ontario for 2015 by www.mynewwaterfronthome.com

Located in the North Bay of Pelee Island, Scudder Marina offers all the essentials and more for day or overnight stays.  Safe, sandy beaches, great fishing and diving are all in the area or just enjoy the solitude and amazing sunsets.

  • can accommodate up to 65 ft. vessel
  • 7-9 ft. depth at most docks
  • docks have 30 amp & 50 amp service and water
  • restrooms and showers open 24 hours
  • picnic tables, BBQ’s and open air gazebo in large shaded yard
  • gas dock
  • pets are welcome
  • ice, snacks, t-shirts, hats and bait available
  • Fishing and hunting licenses
  • Accept Visa, MasterCard, and Debit

Reservations are not a must but are recommended for weekends.

Open Daily through the summer season.

For our American guests, you will need a valid passport. Upon arrival in Canada, the master of the boat must report to the CBSA by calling 1-888-226-7277.  The master of the boat will provide details of the voyage, the passengers and their declaration.

As proof of presentation, masters will be provided with a report number for their records.


Tourist Information Centre/Heritage Centre
Phone: 519-724-2291
Website: http://www.peleeislandmuseum.ca/
Email: peleeislandhc@gmail.com
The Pelee Island Heritage Centre aspires to research, collect and preserve the evidence of the Island’s (and neighbours’) human history, to protect the community’s natural heritage, and to educate the public about our combined heritage through exhibits, publications, special presentations and our extended stay education program. It is understood, moreover, that the Heritage Centre, through the benefit of hindsight, should play a role in informing current community planning issues.
Come explore Canada’s best-kept secret! Pelee Island, a beautiful island paradise in Lake Erie, known for its friendly locals, acres of vineyards, kilometers of nature trails, secluded beaches, quaint shops, talented local artisans, a historic lighthouse, and Provincial Nature Reserves. Pelee Island is a great place for a weekend getaway or a family day trip. For a detailed tour of the island you can contact any of the below tour companies to book a tour.


Explore Pelee – Nature Tours
Phone: 519-325-8687
Website: http://explorepelee.com/
Email: info@explorepelee.com
The tourism based company ‘Explore Pelee’ has been established by Anne Marie to help make your trip to Pelee hassle free. Local tour guides will show you all the secret magical spots of the island and give historical accounts of life in Canada’s most southern community. Hiking, Biking, and Auto tours are available!

Pelee Island Charters
Phone: 519-428-6680
Website: http://www.peleeislandcharters.com/ 


The Pelee Island Tour
Phone: 519-977-9477
Website: http://www.peleeislandtour.com/
Email: PIT@peleeislandtour.com
Your tour guide will greet you at the dock when your boat arrives. Look for the Big Blue Bus. The tour will be one and a half to two hours in length. When the tour has concluded we can bring you to the Pelee Island Artworks, the Pelee Island Wine Pavilion or the West Dock Area where your tour began.


Vin Villa Tours
Website: www.vinvilla.com
Email: admin@vinvilla.com

Vin Villa Tours 2015 Season:

The Vin Villa Foundation is pleased to present an exclusive tour of Canada’s first commercial winery, est. 1866.

Go behind the gates of Canada’s most historically significant winery and discover the history of Canada’s wine-making as the secrets of Vin Villa unfold.  Tour Highlights include: Vin Villa Grounds, Winery Ruins, Ice House, Sunset Rock, Hulda’s Rock and the breathtaking VIN VILLA CELLARS!  Tours start every Saturday at 1pm from the Vin Villa gates at 55 Sheridan Point Rd.  Walk ups welcome.  For reservations contact admin@vinvilla.com.


Tourist Information Centre/Heritage Centre
Phone: 519-724-2291
Website: http://www.peleeislandmuseum.ca/
Email: peleeislandhc@gmail.com
The Pelee Island Heritage Centre aspires to research, collect and preserve the evidence of the Island’s (and neighbours’) human history, to protect the community’s natural heritage, and to educate the public about our combined heritage through exhibits, publications, special presentations and our extended stay education program. It is understood, moreover, that the Heritage Centre, through the benefit of hindsight, should play a role in informing current community planning issues.

PI Winery

As home to the oldest estate winery in Canada, Pelee Island has a tradition richly steeped in winemaking. Beginning in 1866 with Vin Villa Winery, an industry was born on the Island that would flourish until the early 1900’s. While the wine industry decreased through the early 19th century, rum runners thrived as Prohibition was introduced into the United States. Using Pelee Island as a stopping point as they traveled across the lake, the Island was an important port during these years of contraband activity.

When agricultural interest turned to tobacco and later soybeans, grape growing and winemaking disappeared for over half of a century until 1979 when grapes were reintroduced to the Island. The Pelee Island Winery was established, and with over 600 acres of grapes, it is the largest estate winery in Canada today. The Wine Pavilion opened in 1992 and operates from mid-May until mid-October, offering tastings, tours, and live weekend entertainment in the wine garden.

Call the Wine Pavilion at (519) 724-2469 or visit www.peleeisland.com for more information.